At the altitude of 2,250 meters from sea level, Bhupinder Singh, the Maharaja of Patiala, built Chail, when he was exiled from Shimla and decided to create his own summer capital, which was Chail.
Chail was the ideal of his Summer Capital – Being surrounded by thick cover of dense, majestic, soaring deodars; with Simla just 45 kms away and most significantly, the hill of Chail, decidedly higher than the then British controlled Shimla..
This picturesque hill station, located amidst scented forests of chir pine and gigantic deodars, is built on three hills. The palace on the Rajgarh Hill; the Residency Snow View, once occupied by the British residents on Pandhewa Hill and on the third being the Sadh Tiba hill. Overlooking Satluj Valley, Shimla and Kasauli are also visible at night from here.
Places of Interest in Chail –
- Maharaja’s Palace : This is a magnificent Rajgarh palace, with elaborate furnishings, built in 1891. Withcomfortable log huts and cottages, dense forests and serene walks, sprawling lawns, a children’s park, a`lovers hill’, and sports facilities, Chail is a resort in the real sense of the term.
The little ‘hill station’ of Chail came into being when Bhupinder Singh, Maharaja of Patiala was banished from Shimla, the ‘summer capital’ of British India, after a dalliance with the Commander-in-Chief’s daughter in the late 19th century
- Sidh Baba Ka Mandir : Maharaja Bhupinder Singh had originally intended this to be the site of his palace, and had even started building it, but as is believed, a ‘sidh’, saintly person appeared in the Maharaja’s dream, and declared that this was the place where he had meditated. Consequently, Bhupinder Singh shifted his venue and built a temple on the spot.
- Chail Sanctuary: Chail is a hill station visited by many tourists. The Deodar and Oak forests with grasslands around the township are the abode of wildlife
- Cricket Ground : Surrounded by gigantic deodar and well maintained Chail Cricket ground is the highest cricket ground in the world. Built in 1893, this cricket pitch located at the height of 2,144m is also used as polo ground.
Destinations Near Chail –
- Kufri : A long and enjoyable drive through lush forests and quaint villages takes one to the small but thoroughly popular hill station of Kufri. Its main attractions are the Nature Park, and the exciting trek that leads to the divine Mahasu peak.
- Sadhupul : Halfway between Kandaghat and Chail is the tiny village of Sadhupul, and the bridge over the Ashwani stream, a popular picnic – spot.
- Shimla : Shimla is a tourist destination par excellence. It is a beautiful hill town in the lap of nature, surrounded by pine and deodar forests. Besides being the ultimate summer retreat it remains an ideal spot for adventure sports